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Switching birth control methods: A how-to guide

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Written by Freya Eriksson

Freya Eriksson

With more than three years of experience in the field, Freya Eriksson specializes in writing about the latest research into fertility and reproductive health. She is passionate about shining a light on under-researched topics such as contraception and planning pregnancy. Freya holds a Master's degree in Linguistics and lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Fact checked by Dr. Eleonora Benhar PhD, VP of Science

Dr. Eleonora Benhar PhD

As VP of Science and Data at Natural Cycles, Eleonora Benhar leads a team researching women’s health and developing algorithms. Transitioning from physics to fertility, she completed her PhD in particle physics at the University of Geneva while at CERN, and later joined Natural Cycles after working as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University.

Key takeaways

  • There are many things to consider when you switch methods, such as how effective a method is and whether it suits your lifestyle
  • It’s best to avoid breaks between methods when switching birth control, and some methods even need an overlap between two methods to effectively prevent pregnancy
  • You may experience side effects when switching birth control, but for many people these will go away as your body adjusts

Over our fertile lifetimes, we’re likely to change birth control methods multiple times. The reasons why vary, and can be related to a lack of suitable options, or the fact our needs and preferences change over time. Switching birth control methods is an important decision, and in this article, we’ll help guide you through it by going over how to switch between methods, what to think about ahead of time, and possible side effects.

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